There are many beautiful places to visit in Italy, undoubtedly Rome is up there with the best. Steeped in tradition, it’s one of the most historically rich places anyone is likely to visit in their lifetime – especially in Europe.
The ancient Roman-era spawned some stunning architecture that is still standing today, driving millions of travellers to the city each year. But what are some of the best places to visit when taking a vacation in Rome?
Lonely Planet lists the ancient Colosseum as an absolute must for travellers to visit when in Rome. The gladiatorial arena is a 50,000-seater monster, which was built in AD 80. It was originally called the ‘Flavian Amphitheatre’ where for the most part gladiators fought wild animals in front of thousands of spectators.
This 2,000-year-old temple is now a church, and is reported to be the “best preserved ancient monument in Rome and one of the most influential buildings in the Western world.” It was built in AD 125 and still captivates onlookers with its huge dome ceiling and “vast bronze doors.”
Located close to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum or the Foro Romano as the locals call, has free entry. It showcases monuments, various ancient structures, and “shrines to government houses,” according to US Travel News. However, be aware that the Roman Forum hasn’t stood up well against the test of time, with the majority of the complex now in ruins.
Monti’s Vintage Market
Another place very close to the Colosseum, Monti’s vintage market is free to enter. The Guardian says you can “expect to find everything from handicrafts from cutting-edge designers to retro clothing, furniture and homeware items. The colourful and diverse array of trinkets and fashion on sale makes Mercato Monti an ideal place for a weekend wander, and the perfect excuse to explore the other independent stores and galleries dotted around the rest of the area’s small streets.” The market is open weekdays between 10am – 8pm and is closed during the weekends.
Before you say anything, yes the Vatican City is an independent city-state but hardly anyone visits it without going to Rome as well. Most travellers will visit it on a day trip while still staying in Rome. There are many great tours that you can go on that will navigate you through its many museums as well as St. Peter’s Basilica.
Your mode of transport in Rome depends on where you’re coming from. Travelers flying from Europe are more likely to arrive at Rome’s Leonardo di Vinci International Airport.
There are many budget airlines that fly to Rome from various destinations in Europe, and this can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run. However, UK-based company Parking4Less warns flyers that they must check the small print when booking online tickets in its blog post ‘Beware of the Cheap Flights Extra Costs’ so that they don’t incur any unwanted charges. The article documents the many added charges that budget carrier’s add-on to ticket prices to increase their profit margins on tickets.